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Catedral de Sta Maria la Real de la Almudena

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Address: Calle Bailen 10, 28013 Madrid, Spain
Phone Number:
+34 915 42 22 00
09:30 - 20:30
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 20:30
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes

Begun in 1879 but inaugurated in 1993, the cathedral is Neo-Gothic with...

Begun in 1879 but inaugurated in 1993, the cathedral is Neo-Gothic with chapels and statues of contemporary artists.The Neo-Romanesque crypt houses a 16th century image of the "Virgen de la Almudena."

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Stunning architecture

superb building and well worth a visit - situated next to the Royal Palace, we wandered in late in the evening and the modern stained glass windows were showing at their best with... read more

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Chorley, United Kingdom
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Chorley, United Kingdom
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superb building and well worth a visit - situated next to the Royal Palace, we wandered in late in the evening and the modern stained glass windows were showing at their best with the evening sunlight coming through. well worth a visit.

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Rego Park, New York
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Europe is filled with incredible cathedrals, but this is not one of them. The cathedral has a strange barrenness about it, with the decorations on the interior only making the architecture seem less imposing. Because it is across the street from the Royal Palace, you will undoubtedly visit the cathedral, but you won't find yourself awe-struck. The entrance is not... More 

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Santiago, Chile
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Is a beautiful cathedral, especially some paintings that it has inside, it is continuous to the royal palace and the gardens

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Reviewed yesterday NEW

It is a beautiful cathedral. The painted ceilings are stunning and the glass work beautiful. It is worth a walk up to the altar and into the Klimtesque 'chapel'. Definitely visit the crypt.

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Kingston, Canada
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Enjoyed visiting the Cathedral. It's recommended to give a €1 donation to enter. The decor is beautiful and not the "typical" decor of a Cathedral. The Crypt is more classic, but very beautiful!

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I visited the cathedral whilst I was visiting the Royal Palace. The cathedral is impressive both inside and out, and is free to visit although a 1 or 2 Euro donation is greatly appreciated.

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Munich, Germany
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The cathedral forms an architectural ensemble with the adajacent Royal Palace that is quite unique and makes for excellent photography and its elegant neo-gothic architecture is in marked contrast to the gothic of baroque splendour you would expect from a catholic church. The inside is airy and uncluttered and also well-lit so photography is not a problem. There is a... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was the Cathedral that complimented the Royal Palace in Madrid which gave me a sort of mini Vatican experience because it is home of the Archbishop of Madrid. One of Madrid's must sees in conjunction with the Royal Palace.

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Worthing, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Because Madrid's Cathedral is relatively modern in European terms it has all sorts of interesting features to enjoy. AND make sure you also go to the fabulous Crypt at the back of the Cathedral.

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Watford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We thought this Cathedral was really lovely, modern & full of colour. The sun shone through the stained glass windows making colourful patterns everywhere that & the unusual coloured ceiling made it very different from other Cathedrals.

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